Waterways Ireland has launched an upgraded Blueways Ireland website www.bluewaysireland.org which offers new content, maps, itineraries and information on where to stay, eat and enjoy the exciting outdoor experiences available along the Blueways on the River Shannon, Royal Canal, Shannon- Erne Waterway and Lough Derg.
Combining canal, lake and river experiences, there is an exciting range of family friendly slow adventures to be had on the Blueways, along with great food, arts and crafts. Tourism and recreation providers along the Blueways are putting together family and friends packages for ½ day, full day and short break trips. Visitors can learn new skills, enjoy the outdoors, try new foods and activities all within easy reach of home.
Blueways on the inland waterways were initiated by Waterways Ireland. There are now over 350 km of paddling trails to be explored, with a range of complementary land-based trails alongside the water, allowing visitors to experience the Blueway in a variety of ways. Working with small and large businesses, Fáilte Ireland and the local authorities, through a development programme, a number of businesses now offer Blueway experiences in areas previously underdeveloped for tourism and recreation.
In Drumshanbo, on the Shannon Blueway, over 117,000 people, both tourists and local residents enjoyed the Blueway floating boardwalk in 2019. Eight new businesses have opened across the activity and hospitality sectors, extending the season, creating employment and providing additional experiences for people to enjoy. Information on the Shannon Blueway and all the Blueways are highlighted on bluewaysireland.org.
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing & Communications said "The Blueways Ireland website presents new and refreshing content on Blueways experiences suitable for families seeking memorable, healthy outdoor adventures suitable for all ages. Waterways Ireland is continuing to develop the existing Blueway trails to enhance the visitor experience and work with tourism and recreation providers to support the growth of Blueways, so that even more people can access and enjoy our beautiful, wide open waterways."